Subject:Re: Chinese bronze censer Mark Ming??
Posted By: Bill H Fri, Dec 25, 2020
The mark says 'Made during the Zhengde Reign' (Zhengde nian zhi - 正德年製), the Ming dynastic period from 1506-21). I took a moment to scan eBay listings for bronze censers and soon found one selling in the UK (see the link below for pasting into your browser). It is identical to the one you show here but doesn't appear to include the same photos and possibly has more signs of wear. I would urge caution, inasmuch as Chinese fakes tend to come in multiple issues with minor variations in appearance meant to perpetuate their market life. Another point of caution is to avoid purchasing such apparent ancient and valuable antiques from dealers selling out of China, because Chinese patrimonial laws preclude export in most cases.